By Dave Glenn and Staff
February 25, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links:
Neil Amato* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun writes that the revised ACC basketball schedule (through 2008) is out, and that means more complaining about lost rivalries and the demise of the double round-robin format.
Luciana Chavez* of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer has the details on the knee injury of Duke point guard Sean Dockery, who may be able to return in time to participate in the NCAA Tournament.
Ken Tysiac* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer tells that, with seven signees selected for the McDonald's All-American game, the ACC as a conference -- and Duke (three selections) and North Carolina (three) in particular -- are examples of the rich getting richer.
Jeff Carlton* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record catches up with former North Carolina fullback Madison Hedgecock, who graduated from UNC in December and is spending this week at the pre-draft NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Ryan O'Halloran of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press has an update on former Virginia offensive lineman Elton Brown, who may be a first-round pick.
Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State has the latest chapter in the on-going saga between former Clemson receiver Roscoe Crosby and the Kansas City Royals, who continue to argue over $750,000 in bonus money.
Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post asks Maryland coach Gary Williams to address the recent comments of point guard John Gilchrist, concerning the "behind-the-scenes" issues and "outside factors" that have contributed to the Terps' wild inconsistency this season.
Pete Thamel of the New York Times tells of the unique bond between Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Col. Bob Brown, who played under Coach K at Army and now is in charge of 8,000 soldiers in Iraq. Krzyzewski wrote a personal check in December for $10,000 to make sure Christmas gifts prepared by the soldiers' families reached their destinations in time for the holidays.
Pete Prisco of CBSSportsLine.com writes that former Miami tailback Frank Gore slimmed down for this week's NFL Combine, but he also must show that his battered knees will hold up if he expects to be a high draft pick.
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Jeff Carlton* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record explains that the NCAA's pod system makes it possible for both Wake Forest and UNC to earn No. 1 seeds with both teams playing their first- and second-round games in Charlotte.
Tom Berry* of the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise shares the comments of N.C. State forward Ilian Evtimov, who says the Wolfpack has no margin for error if it hopes to preserve its NCAA Tournament hopes.
Jerry Ratcliffe* of the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress takes a stroll around the ACC, with football, basketball and recruiting notes.
Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State, in cooperation with former Clemson receiver Airese Currie, offers a daily journal on the player's trip to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week.
Phillip Ramati of the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph writes that Georgia Tech's basketball fortunes remain tied directly to senior guard B.J. Elder, and that was very bad news for the Yellow Jackets last night against Duke.
David Teel of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press opines that even if Virginia Tech reaches 9-7 in the ACC, the Hokies shouldn't feel too comfortable about an NCAA Tournament bid, thanks mostly to a soft nonconference schedule that wasn't necessarily a bad idea at the time.
David Steele of the Baltimore Sun catches up with Maryland coach Gary Williams, whose frustration with this year's Terps is obvious. "Part of going to college is growing up a little bit. Part of being a college student is doing what you're supposed to do."
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